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Wed
26
May

When Will Adult-Use Cannabis Be Sold In New York?

New York Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes estimates that the first legal sales will begin between 18 months and two years after the signing of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), which occurred on March 31, 2021. That means that the first legal sales would start between September 2022 and March 2023.

Wed
26
May

As travel restrictions ease, this European city wants to ban cannabis tourism

As more and more people get vaccinated, travel climbs higher onto people’s priority lists. And for cannabis consumers, there’s one particular European destination that likely tops the list.

Tue
25
May

Additional Federal Marijuana Legislation Will Push Tech Toward Innovation

It’s 2021. Of the 50 states in the country, 48 have legalized marijuana for medical use, and 15 for recreational use. A whopping 91% of Americans believe it should be legal for either medical or recreational use. The medical marijuana industry alone is projected to be worth up to $66.3 billion by 2025.

Tue
25
May

Yes, Pot Is Legal. But It’s Also in Short Supply.

In New York and New Jersey, the race is on to grow legal weed, writes Tracey Tully from the New York Times.

In Orange County, N.Y., there are plans to build a large cannabis cultivation and processing plant on the grounds of a defunct state prison.

About 25 miles south, over the border in New Jersey, an industrial complex once owned by the pharmaceutical giant Merck will be converted into an even bigger marijuana-growing hub.

In Winslow, N.J., about 30 miles outside Philadelphia, a new indoor cultivation complex just celebrated its first harvest.

Tue
25
May

Texas Has Now Passed A Bill For Cannabis Concentrates And Psychedelics

Texas Senate Moves Foward To Pass New Legislation For Cannabis And Psychedelics

The Senate inside the state of Texas has now approved a bill to lower the penalty of possessing marijuana concentrates. Also, a measure in the bill would permit Texas to examine the therapeutic possibilities of psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA. Yet due to senators revising each piece of both bills, they must first go back to their originating chamber. Which would need to be done prior to sending it off to the governor.

Tue
25
May

The Success Of Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Dollars

Since 2012, when voters in Colorado passed Amendment 64 and legalized the first adult-use, recreational marijuana market in the U.S., the state has surpassed $10 billion in total sales. This not only represents a massive success and proof-of-concept for the future of the American cannabis industry, it also accounts for billions in tax revenues for the state of Colorado.

 

During the last six years, the Centennial State has collected over $1.6 billion - that’s just at the state level- in marijuana taxes and fee revenues. This untapped tax revenue stream was a pivotal selling point for Colorado voters in passing recreational cannabis legalization in 2012. So the question is: how has Colorado allocated these newfound tax dollars over the past six years?

Tue
25
May

Proposed law would push U.S. FDA to set regulations for CBD

A bill that would make hemp-derived CBD products legal as an ingredient in dietary supplements, foods and beverages has been proposed by three U.S. Senators.

Longtime hemp supporters Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, and Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, authored the measure, the Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act, which directs the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to update its rules to clear a regulatory gray zone.

Tue
25
May

DEA Will Begin Granting Marijuana Cultivation Licenses

The Drug Enforcement Administration made a milestone announcement earlier this month with the news that the DEA will begin granting marijuana cultivation licenses to various third-party applicants, significantly expanding medical and scientific cannabis research in the United States.

The announcement came on May 14, with the Administration saying it “is nearing the end of its review of certain marijuana grower applications, thereby allowing it to soon register additional entities authorized to produce marijuana for research purposes.”

Tue
25
May

New York Has Banned Delta-8 THC

Delta-8 THC and New York are two topics that have been making headlines in the cannabis world lately. Delta-8 has been reported upon for being a controversial compound that is legal through a loophole, and New York has been in the news for making recreational cannabis legal. Now, the two are making headlines again, this time together, because New York has banned Delta-8 THC. 

Mon
24
May

Legal New York Pot Means New Police Strategy

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New York police may soon have cannabis removed from their oversight.

Axel Bernabe, assistant counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, said at last week’s Prohibition Partners conference that he’d recommend alternatives such as using social workers when coordinating with the state’s nascent Cannabis Control Board, which will soon lay out a framework for legalized recreational marijuana. New York State recently decided to allow recreational use and the board will soon decide on the details.

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